Josh Irfan had a consistent weekend at the Llandow Kart Circuit in South Wales for the IAME Cadet British Championship...
Consistent weekend for Irfan at Llandow Super One
Aim Motorsport cadet driver Josh Irfan made the journey to the South of Wales, to the Llandow Kart Circuit for the fifth round of the Super One British Karting Championship.
The youngest member of the Young Racing Drivers Academy hit the ground running with the 6th fastest time in his qualifying group, less than 0.4s off the pole position times, by much more experienced and older rivals.
When the two groups times were amalgamated together, Irfan was classified 19th overall, due to the rival group setting faster times in the improved track conditions.
Heat one saw Irfan start from 13th position. An impressive opening lap saw the youngster vault up too 10th position, before being forced wide at the hairpin on the next lap made him forfeit 4 positions as the train behind made their way past.
Irfan battled hard in the midfield for track position as the order ebbed back and forth. Irfan eventually had to settle for 15th at the flag.
The second heat saw Irfan maintain his position at the start, before getting embroiled in a battle for 13th position as he had to defend hard from the drivers behind. Eventually his defence gave way, as a rival driver made his move on lap 8. Irfan took the place straight back as they battle for position. Irfan eventually settled for 14th position, holding off another rival on the line.
The results for the two heats left him classified 21st overall, which is where he would start the first of the finals on the Sunday morning .
Irfan started the Pre-Final well and maintained his position over the opening laps. Developing into the race, Irfan began to make ground up through the field, and was up to 15th position by lap 9. As the race hotted up and the battles started, Irfan held his own against the Welsh Champion, before he was dropped back by a robust move from a rival competitor. As a result, he finished the race in 18th place.
Starting 18th for the Final, Irfan held onto the position until the third lap, when the youngster was pushed very wide, allowing 6 drivers through and dropping him down to 23rd place. Irfan pushed hard to get with the group he was racing with at the start, and by lap 13 he had caught the back of the, taking 20th position in the process.
More exchanges of positions occurred into the final stages of the race, after being dropped down to 23rd once again, Irfan retook the ground on the final lap, making the most of the situation to finish the final in 19th position.
Josh Irfan took home a handy amount of points from a consistent weekend at Llandow, as he continues too develop in his freshman season racing at the peak of British Cadet Karting. The next event takes place at the IAME European Open, hosted at PF International on the 15th-19th June.